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    Dormant seeding

    The ideal time to seed lawns in our area is from August 1 to September 1. Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to seed lawns in late September because the new seedlings will not mature enough to survive the winter.

    Turfgrass selection

    Selecting the right grass species is crucial for the long term success of your lawn.

    Time to seed your lawn

    Does your lawn have a few bare spots or do you have more bare spots than lawn? In Northern Minnesota, August 1 to September 1 is the ideal time to seed cool season turfgrasses.

    Lawn grass selection

    Selecting the right grass is crucial for the long term success of your lawn.

    Roses for the home garden

    Roses are one of the most popular garden plants in the world due to the diversity of plant form, flower color, and fragrance. 

    Spring lawn care tips

    Lawns are subject to many stressors such as weather extremes, foot traffic, diseases, etc. It is no surprise to find a few areas of lawn that are bare or thin.

    Pruning tips for overgrown or animal damaged shrubs

    Deciduous shrubs that are overgrown or damaged by animals can be a real eye sore in a landscape planting.

    Snow mold in home lawns

    As the snow continues to melt from the lawn, patches of snow mold may be revealed.

    Apple tree pruning basics

    Yearly pruning of apple trees is critical to maintain optimum fruit production.

    Sunshine brings indoor bugs

    As the weather continues to warm, some of us may find unwanted visitors in the interior of our home.

    Over-wintering tender bulbs

    With frost, the blooming life of cannas, dahlias, gladiolas, and calla lilies will come to an end. Because of their tender nature, the corms, tubers, and rhizomes (grouped together as “tender bulbs”) that produce these plants are killed by our cold winters and cannot be left in the soil.

    Late summer lawn care tips

    Late summer and fall are an active time of growth for our lawns and it is important to keep them adequately watered if rainfall is insufficient.

    Plant hardy bulbs for spring beauty

    Spring flowering bulbs such as tulip, daffodil, grape hyacinth, and Siberian squill add beauty to any landscape.

    Tips for watering trees and shrubs

    Check out these resources for information about watering newly planted trees and shrubs and mature trees and shrubs.

    Colorado potato beetle

    Gardeners growing potato, eggplant, pepper or tomato may be observing Colorado potato beetle on their plants.

    Voles in the home lawn

    Voles are small brown rodents about the size and shape of a mouse. We usually observe their small surface tunnels winding through our lawn right after snow melt. The grass in these areas is usually eaten to the soil line, leaving the crown of the grass plant intact and healthy.

    Gardening

    Get information about best plants and gardening practices for Minnesota lawns, landscapes, and gardens.
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